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NBC “The Blacklist” star Hisham Tawfiq sits down with Prestige

SYLVIA:        Can you just give us a little background information on Hisham the man? HISHAM:      Well, I’m born and raised in Harlem, New York which I’m extremely proud of. You know, oldest son of five brothers and I also have a 15-year-old son who I love and adore. And, that’s a skeleton of…



SYLVIA:        Can you just give us a little background information on Hisham the man?

HISHAM:      Well, I’m born and raised in Harlem, New York which I’m extremely proud of. You know, oldest son of five brothers and I also have a 15-year-old son who I love and adore. And, that’s a skeleton of Hisham the man.

SYLVIA:        Who was your greatest inspiration and what were some of the events that sparked your interest in pursuing your present career?

HISHAM:      Mm, great question. I think my greatest inspiration, I would have to say, my parents. I think I watched what my father did, myself and five boys, you know, back in the ’70s in Harlem with drugs and poverty and all types of other negative elements that were running rampant in Harlem, and just to see how he was able to carve out a safe zone for us and install in us some integrity and some skill, some life skills, that to this day I still benefit from, those are the things that encourage me and have carved out the man I am to this day. So, I continue to look up to my father and my mother for everything, all the values that they installed in me.

SYLVIA:        So, what were some of the events that sparked your interest in pursuing the acting career?

HISHAM:      Wow, I would say, you know, the funny thing at a very early age, you know, being the oldest of five boys you kind of already put on a platform of setting the example. I  remember, I think, the first thing my father did with me is, you know, he put me in Karate class and swimming class, and I would always have to, like, perform for the family, like, all of the Kotters, that I learned. So, I would say, you know, just at that early age I would say maybe like seven or eight just performing these Karate moves that already prepared me in some way for the stage, and from there it just continued to grow, and I think I’ve always had some hunger or some desire to express myself artistically and it just started off with Karate and poems, and the next thing you know you’re dancing and speaking, and acting, but I would say, you know, performing those Karate moves  from the early age was probably my first inspiration and steps into acting.

SYLVIA:        We also see that you have undertaken some also very different career paths, some which include your serving our country and keeping us safe as a Marine, a firefighter, and a correctional officer. Have these careers played a part on the impact in of your acting career as well?

HISHAM:      Yeah, I mean, I think the beautiful thing about that, you know, as an actor, you know, what they teach you and the greatest asset is your experiences and being able to call on those experiences to help you on different roles, and I didn’t know it then, but when I  look back at it now being a firefighter, being a Marine, being a correction officer, all of those different things make up the man that I am, so I’m able to call on a lot of those experiences and, you know, it installs a lot of things, all of those jobs are physically demanding, mentally demanding, takes a lot of endurance, and I carry all of those things with me in my career. As you know, there’s a lot of times you have late nights, you have early mornings, five in the morning, you don’t get up until four AM the next morning, so, I mean, all of those things I just carried over, so it helped me out extremely.

SYLVIA:        We also just want to congratulate you on your recurring role on NBC’s The Blacklist. Can you give us a brief description of your character, his mannerisms, and what he brings to the cast?

HISHAM:      Well, Dembe, he’s silent, he’s quiet, but he’s one of those guys that when he gets called upon you know that the job is going to be done and that somebody is in trouble. So, Dembe brings a lot of mystery, he brings a lot of strength, he brings a lot of loyalty, he’s trustworthy. He’s a security, it’s almost like having that alarm system on your house or your car, you just know if you have that good system in there that, whether you are around or not, if something happens that alarm system is going to activate and some forces are going to be unleashed. So, I would describe Dembe is that alarm system.


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Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, DEMI LOVATO will sing the National Anthem as part of Super Bowl LIV pregame festivities at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday, February 2, the NFL and FOX announced today. 

The pregame show, including the National Anthem, will be broadcast live worldwide.

Lovato is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, actress, advocate, philanthropist, and business woman. Within hours of the release of Lovato’s fifth studio album, CONFIDENT, the first single, “Cool for the Summer” trended worldwide and hit #1 on iTunes in 37 countries.

Lovato will join a prestigious line up of Super Bowl National Anthem performers, including: Gladys Knight, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Luke Bryan, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Joel, P!NK, Jordin Sparks, Idina Menzel, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, and Neil Diamond.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), CHRISTINE SUN KIM, internationally renowned sound artist and performer, will sign the National Anthem in American Sign Language.

The NFL previously announced that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show.

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Tyler Perry Will Make His Netflix Debut With ‘A Fall From Grace’



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Crystal Fox, Phylicia Rashad, Bresha Webb, Mehcad Brooks, Cicely Tyson (Academy Award® Nominee) and Perry round out the cast. Perry also writes and directs A Fall from Grace, and it was the first to be completely filmed at his Atlanta studio.

The film follows a newly divorced woman named Grace Waters (Fox) who falls in love with a young man named Shannon (Brooks). But when secrets erode her short-lived joy, Grace’s vulnerable side turns violent

After being arrested for killing her new husband and awaiting for her upcoming trial, her lawyer (Webb) digs deep to find out the truth behind her husband’s alleged death and find a way to try to prove her innocence. “When you wake up, you don’t know that today will be the day to change your life,” says a disheveled and hand-cuffed Grace in the new montage of scenes.

A Fall from Grace arrives on Netflix on January 17th; add it to your watch-list here and check out the official trailer above.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, returns to Canada after bombshell announcement



The Duchess of Sussex has returned to Canada after she and Prince Harry announced they were “stepping back” as senior members of Britain’s royal family.

Prince Harry remains in the UK and Meghan is expected to come back to London on Tuesday, when the couple are set to attend an event with Janice Charette, High Commissioner of Canada to the UK, at Canada House.

Meghan and Harry wanted to meet with Charette “as well as staff to thank them for the warm Canadian hospitality and support they received during their recent stay in Canada,” according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.

The couple recently returned from Canada, where they spent the Christmas holidays with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.

“The Duke and Duchess have a strong connection to Canada. It’s a country The Duke of Sussex has visited many times over the years and it was also home to The Duchess for seven years before she became a member of The Royal Family,” the royals said on their Instagram page, Sussex Royal, on Wednesday.

The latest developments follow the shock announcement that the pair plan to “transition into a new working model” and become “financially independent” after stepping back from their roles as senior members of the British royal family.

There was said to be a mood of deep disappointment in the palace following the announcement, and senior members of the family are hurt as a result of the news.

Meghan and Harry’s desire to become “financially independent” has also sparked questions as to how they will be able to do this.

The pair published detailed documents outlining the structure and funding of their household, which revealed they receive 5% of their income from the Sovereign Grant — a lump sum of UK taxpayers’ money given to the Queen every year — and 95% from the Duchy of Cornwall, the private estate controlled by Prince Charles, Harry’s father.

Media reports have suggested that Meghan was independently worth around $5 million before she married Harry, who inherited millions from his mother Princess Diana.

However UK newspaper The Times reports that Charles may withdraw funding from the couple if they completely withdraw from their royal duties.

Observers say the couple are unlikely to struggle for money and could generate income from a UK trademark for their brand ‘Sussex Royal,” which the couple applied for in June, as well as sponsorship or speaking tours.

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